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Run by The Trentonian's Nick Peruffo, this blog will provide daily multimedia coverage of the Trenton Thunder.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Top 10 Numbers of the Year - No. 1

Each Friday, Minor Matters will publish the Top Ten numbers from the season. These can be stats, players' numbers, whatever. As long as it's a number, it counts. The Thunder were just two wins from the Eastern League championship, so there's no shortage of material for this section.

No. 1 ...

What it means: The number of runs the Thunder scored in the final three games of their season, a trio of losses to the Altoona Curve in the Eastern League Championship Series.

Why it's significant: Besides putting a whimper of an end on an otherwise successful season, it exposed the Thunder's weakness to moderately talented left-handed pitchers. Jeff Locke, Justin Wilson and Tony Watson each did the job against an offense that appeared to finally be finding its groove against a far more imposing New Hampshire staff. Instead, Trenton's bats went silent, and the Curve hoisted the championship trophy on Waterfront Park's infield.

What Else It Could Mean: Lots of things, frankly, including: Jorge Vazquez's RBI total, Justin Christian's triples, Marcos Vechionacci's stolen bases, Kevin Mahoney's games played and strikeout total, Jose Gil's doubles, Edwar Gonzalez's homers, Corban Joseph's doubles, Jack Rye's strikeouts, Kevin Smith's doubles, D.J. Mitchell's hit batsmen, Ryan Pope's losses, David Phelps' wins, Wilkin De La Rosa's holds and games finished, Manny Banuelos' and Dellin Betances' earned runs, Tim Norton's games pitched and John Van Benschoten's innings pitched.



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